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Coxiella burnetii Q-Fever

Alias: Q-Fever, Q

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Confirm infectious agent as C. burnetii (Q-fever) in symptomatic patients.

Availability: Referred to Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL): Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: Up to 10 Days upon receipt at Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL)

Specimen Type(s)
  • Clotted blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
N/A
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
  • Pink Top BD;
  • Sterile CE-marked Universal Container;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Plain Top Sarstedt;
  • Purple Top Microtainer BD;
  • Sterile CE-marked Universal Container;
Analytes
  • Coxiella burnetii (Q-fever) antibodies / DNA;
Part of a test profile?
No
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
5-10ml
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Minimum-clotting time 30 minutes.
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
  • Include date of onset of symptoms.
  • In acute infection, antibodies may not be present, so a convalescent specimen should also be tested.
  • Coxiella can result in chronic infection: if there is a clinical suspicion of chronic infection, please discuss with a consultant microbiologist.
Maximum add on time
N/A
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Coxiella phase 1 IgG: Negative / Positive.
Coxiella phase 2 IgG: Negative / Positive.
Coxiella phase 2 IgM: Negative / Positive.
Positives titrated to end point by (IF)
UKAS number
8043
UKAS accredited test?
Yes
Comments
N/A

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Last updated: 03-06-2024